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Old 01-21-11, 07:37 PM   #1
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Could I use the Nashbar touring frame as a cyclocorss bike?

I'm looking towards a commuter/touring/cyclocross bike that I was thinking of getting this frame so I could use all aspects of the bike without getting 2-3 different bikes. Also, i have an old Campy Veloce group that has a 52 tooth triple that won't fit the 48 tooth max of the Nashbar Cyclocross frame.

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Yay or nay???
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Sure, you could use it for a cyclocross bike - I've seen everything on the course from k-mart full-suspension bikes to hybrids with suspension seat posts. I haven't ridden this frame, but knowing about touring frames in general its not ideal for cross. It will be less responsive and slower than a bike built for cross.

Take a good look at the Surly Cross Check. Its a pretty good cyclocross bikes, really great for touring, and awesome as a commuter. For 2011 Surly introduced mid-blade fork bolts for front racks and bags (you used to have to get a different fork if you wanted front bags), making it even better for touring. Though this frame is not a Cat 1 cross racing frame, IMO is going to work way better for cross than a bike built for touring.
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Agreed. You could use the Nashbar touring frame for CX. In the long run, I think you'd be much happier if you can find the extra cash to get a true CX frame, which generally would serve all three of your purposes. The Cross Check is an excellent choice in this regard. If your budget is really tight, consider the Motobecane Fantom CX frame, which you can get from Bike Island for $200, including fork and headset. I'm not certain of the chainring clearance on the Motobecane, but I know it wouldn't be a problem on the Cross Check.

The Nashbar touring frame is likely to be heavy (I don't know for sure, but touring frames usually are). Also, the rear brake cable is routing along the bottom of the top tube, which is a negative thing when you need to should the bike.
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Sure why not BB will be lower, If touring bike frame ....
but with Spud pedals still be adequate.

replace the 52 with a chainguard, a 44t one, would do
they are made in 135 for current Campag cranks
on the road with 12 t cog on the wheel you can get enough speed up.

It's aluminum so wont be heavy ,
after you hang all the components on it there is a bit of weight gain.

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